Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winter Continues and Mike moves on

The winter just won't let up and concern is growing among Golf Course Superintendent's as to what they will find when the snow finally does melt.  Dr. Ed Nangle from the CDGA wrote a great article explaining the challenges that may lay ahead:

Click here to view the Winter Turfgrass Update

We have been out on the course and ice has formed in some areas, mostly those that have ice issues (low areas).  The key is if the ice is either allowing oxygen to pass (not at thick, hard ice) or does not last long enough to cause damage.  We are monitoring it closely had hope we have a break in the weather soon.  Right now the ice is thin, and not all that dense.

Last week we removed snow in the drainage/ low areas of the greens to help reduce ice formation.  Time will tell, but we are hoping for a break in the weather soon.

Mike Paciaga started February 1st as the new head Golf Course Superintendent at Kemper Lakes.  Mike worked for Biltmore for over 5 years as my assistant.  He will do a great job at Kemper and we wish him the best of luck!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Is Winter Over Yet??

It has been a long, snowy, cold winter.  For the next few days it looks like we might get a small break with highs in the upper 40's and thunderstorms on Thursday. Then back down below zero next week.  Took a walk out on the course in the knee deep snow and as far as I could tell, looks ok (too much snow to know otherwise).  Did check a green and only a small amount of ice in the surface drainage way on the green.  I fear with all the snow, a quick snow melt might cause flooding, hopefully not!
Some ice (upper part of picture) very thin and in the surface drainage ways, otherwise ice free - a good thing.

Looking back towards the South from #17 green - lots of snow with large drifts.